Warriors Kings BasketballGolden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Lee was in his final days of a two-way contract that allowed him to split time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.
Chriss provided a boost for the injury-plagued Warriors after signing as a free agent in late September, but the team faced tough decisions given the constraints of trying to keep two-way players Lee and Ky Bowman.
The 22-year-old Chriss, who said his goodbyes following a 111-98 loss at Sacramento on Monday, averaged 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.7 minutes over 37 games with three starts.